South Africa’s opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) lead a protest against the eSwatini monarchy. Over the past months, the party has been actively raising concerns of what it says is the autocratic leadership in the Swati Kingdom and has finally taken an initiative to shut down the borders in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
The protest took place at the Oshoek border in Mpumalanga. To support their peaceful protest, the EFF said that “we need a ‘United States of Africa’, which will be a borderless continent with one currency and one parliament.
Political parties were banned in eSwatini by King Sobhuza II in 1973 and that decree still remains until this day. The EFF’s Head if International Relations, Gardee Godrich said the King’s days are numbered in monarchy and a clear message has been sent as the borders were not operating during the protest.
“There has not been any outgoing vehicles and business trucks of King Mswati, so we think we have sent a very good signal”, he said.
Economic Freedom Fighters Secretary-General, Marshall Dlamini said that King Swati must stop terrorizing and killing the Swati people, saying the people of eSwatini shall continue having this problem because the king is protected by leaders in the SADC region.
“Mswati has continually shown his contempt for all diplomatic relations. The international community must apply pressure to ensure the demands of the people of eSwatini are met and the despotic King is isolated and he succumbs to the demands of the people”, said Dlamini.
By Lineo Khabele for African View News